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Do any headers fit the Dakota with a Hemi?

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Bet you thought you knew the answer :)

Well with a ding to one tube on the passenger side these shorties fit perfect!
Just walked in the door after a test fit.

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So will these bolt up too a 2wd Hemi swapped Dakota?
From above on the passenger side,you really can not see anything usefull but just below the hard curve in the pipe in the middle is a spot that just touches the frame,one dimple will fix it.

No picture of the drivers side but looking close it is touching the stud for the motor mount,slight dimple or grind that stud and all is good.

Passenger side head

Drivers side head

Nice thing is,if your using those tiny truck manifolds and switch to these your exhaust will bolt right up :)
I am certain you didn't get the Schumacher engine mounts because I only have like 3" of clearance between the exhaust flange on the head and the upper A-arms front and back, on passenger side that is, the driver's side has all kinds of room. I have done a lot of research and it seem as though the Dodge Ram JBA shorties will work but I have not tried them yet as they only have the 1 5/8" primaries and I want at least 1 3/4" primaries and a bigger collector as well.

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Here is a set of JBA 4.7 on left and 5.7 on right, something to think about, the bolt pattern and ports are different, I think these would be only ones that would be close. It might be possible to put Hemi Flanges on the 4.7 headers, not sure if the spacing is the same though.


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Did you ever put the Schumacher LT's on your truck? If so how was the fitment and were you happy with them?

I got mine last week and can't wait to get things going so I can see how they fit with mine being lowered 2 inches. I got them uncoated. That why if I have to modify them.
They hit on the passenger upper control arm real bad, I tried to correct the problem with Airbaggit tubular control arms and that was a nightmare in itself. I pressurized the headers as soon as I got them and they had many leaks, had to have them all tig welded. The flameproof black paint is holding up real good, but I had my powder coater coat them and he followed the directions to a T, but I wish I would of used the clear coat on them. The control arms are only designed for a slammed/bagged truck, I had to slot the frame holes just to get an alignment. I had to ding the headers in several locations just for clearance even on the tubular control arms. The headers were the worst part of the swap, I will probably buy new Dorman upper control arms and try the JBA Ram headers. His whole swap kit is pretty good quality, but we aren't on talking terms over the headers!
Well not trying to be the bearer of bad news, but I wouldn't wish the problems I had with mine on my worst enemy!
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